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Rothesay Castle (HES)
Rothesay Castle (HES)

Rothesay Castle (HES)

A remarkable 13th century castle of enclosure, circular in plan, with a 16th century fore-work.

Cross the drawbridge over the moat and climb the 'bloody stair' to the circular ramparts, or descent into a forbidding pit prison. This doughty stronghold, built in the 1200s, was twice besieged and captured by the Norse, who battered down the wall with their axes. A short film tells this remarkable story.The castle has also been a royal base: Robert III died here and James IV used it to launch campaigns against the Lords of the Isles.

Contact and Information

Castlehill Street
Rothesay
PA20 0DA
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1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily except Thurs and Fri, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm

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